Three first ladies and Bella

At the Opening of the FNWC, Houston, 1977. Rosalynn Carter (1927-) attended college at Georgia Southwestern College at Americus, married Jimmy Carter in 1946 and as his partner in the White House from 1977 to 1981 she took an active interest in the nation's affairs. In particular, she worked in the field of Mental Health in which she had a long history of service holding the position of honorary chair on President Carter's Mental Health Commission. She holds numerous honors, several honorary degrees and awards, and the National Organization for Women recognized her service in the ERA campaign with an Award of Merit. Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson (1912-), carried her childhood nickname, Lady Bird, into adulthood. She received a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1933, married Lyndon Johnson in 1934, and when he became President in 1963, as First Lady, she took an active part in his administration. While First Lady, Lady Bird worked on programs to aid underprivileged children, began an initiative to beautify highways and continued her work in later decades through the founding of the National Wildflower Research Center in 1982. She received several prestigious awards including the Women's National Press Club Eleanor Roosevelt Golden Candlestick Award in 1968 and the Medal of Freedom in 1977 from President Gerald Ford. Raised in Michigan, Betty Ford (1918-) majored in modern dance at Bennington College and in 1948 married Gerald Ford who later became the 38th president (1974-77). Betty is notable for her support of the ERA campaign, her work on many women's rights and women's health issues, particularly breast cancer which she recovered from in the 1970s, and her founding of the Betty Ford Center for Chemical Dependency in 1982.
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